Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox ALCS Game 5 Betting Preview/Player Prop

20 October 2021

Game 5 of the ALCS is set for Wednesday afternoon, and the winner of this game will take complete control of the series. The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros, and each team has won two of the first four games.

Houston was staring at a potential 3-1 series deficit if they would have lost Game 4, and it appeared that the Astros were going to face that reality. The Astros were able to respond with seven runs in the 9th inning to win 9-2.

Boston just blew a huge opportunity to push the Astros to the brink of elimination, and now they must bounce back in a hurry. The Red Sox went 49-32 at home this season, and they desperately need to pick up another win at Fenway Park.

The Boston Red Sox are the moneyline favorites at -128 for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros.

Offense A Key For Astros

The Houston Astros have not been getting good pitching in this series, which puts a ton of pressure on the offense to produce. Houston has scored 14 total runs in their two wins in this series but managed just eight runs in the two losses.

Jose Altuve belted a clutch home run in Game 4, and he continues to be one of the biggest bats in this lineup. Kyle Tucker has also been a big performer for the Astros in the postseason, belting three home runs and driving in 12 runs.

Framber Valdez will make the start on Wednesday, and the Astros are hoping for a solid outing. Valdez has struggled so far in the postseason, and that has been a theme for the Houston starting rotation.

Can Sale Lead the Sox?

The Boston Red Sox will call on veteran Chris Sale on Wednesday, and they are hoping that he can deliver a vintage performance. Sale has given up six earned runs in just 3.2 postseason innings, and a similar performance could sink the Astros.

Boston got into the postseason on the strength of its offense, and they have continued to perform in the playoffs. That lineup was cooled off a bit in Game 4, but look for them to respond in a big way.

Enrique Hernandez has been on an absolute tear in these playoffs, belting five home runs and sporting a .463 batting average. The Red Sox might be forced to score a ton of runs in this game if they want to take a series lead.

Houston Hands Boston Another Loss

It looked as if Boston was going to take a commanding 3-1 lead in this series, but the Astros are simply too hard to eliminate. The 9th inning on Tuesday night should give Houston plenty of momentum heading into Game 5 on Wednesday.

The Astros still need a find a way to get better starting pitching, but the offense will be coming into this game with some confidence. This should be another great matchup, and one run is going to be the difference in Game 5.

Boston will get a huge boost from the home crowd, but it won’t be enough as Houston comes away with a win. Bet the Houston Astros moneyline as they are able to pick up their second straight win in Boston to take a 3-2 series lead.

Player Prop

Jose Altuve (-135) To Score A Run

The Astros saved the game and possibly their season last night with their seven-run explosion in the ninth inning. And, of course, right in the middle of it was Altuve.

The Houston captain had worked a walk off Boston ace Nathan Eovaldi and eventually came around to score on Michael Brantley’s double. Just the inning before, he tied the game at 2-2 with a 400-foot HR off reliever Garrett Whitlock.

Altuve’s stat line for the postseason now looks like an All-Star-caliber regular season for most players. He has 85 hits, 62 runs, 21 HRs, a .296 batting average and .939 OPS.

With the intensity expected to be high for tonight’s pivotal Game 5, we’ll take Altuve (-135) to once again be in the middle of the action and score a run against the Bosox.

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